Arabella Weir

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Arabella Weir
Born (1957-12-06) 6 December 1957 (age 56)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Comedian, actress, writer.
Spouse(s) Dr Jeremy Norton
Children Two children: Isabella and Archie

Arabella Weir (born 6 December 1957, San Francisco, California, United States) is a British comedienne, actress and writer.

The daughter of former British ambassador Sir Michael Weir,[1] she is best known for her roles in The Fast Show and Posh Nosh, and for writing several books including the international best seller Does My Bum Look Big In This? (a catchphrase of one of her characters in The Fast Show). She is also well known for her books Onwards and Upwards and Cupid for which she also wrote the screenplay now owned by Working Title. Arabella has written for The Independent magazine, which is included with the Saturday edition and the Guardian newspaper and Weekend magazine. She continues to contribute regularly to both newspapers.

Life and career[edit]

Weir appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas special 2011 "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".[2]

Weir performed with the original cast from The Fast Show (with the exception of Mark Williams) in six online-only episodes sponsored by the Fosters brand.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She attended Bedales School and then Camden School for Girls [4] and then studied drama at Middlesex Polytechnic.[5]

She is married to Dr Jeremy Norton; the couple have two children. The actor David Tennant is a close friend and is godfather to her youngest child. When Tennant first moved to London in the early 1990s, he lodged with Weir at her house in Crouch End for five years; they had met on the set of the BBC TV series Takin' Over the Asylum.[6]

She is a supporter of the British Labour Party.[7]



  • Does My Bum Look Big in This?: the Diary of an Insecure Woman (1998)
  • Onwards and Upwards (2000)
  • Stupid Cupid (2002)


  • The Real Me is Thin: or Why All Women Think They're Fat (2011)


  1. ^ Adel Darwish Obituary: Sir Michael Weir, The Independent, June 28, 2006
  2. ^ Frost, Vicky (September 21, 2011). "Cast for Doctor Who Christmas special unwrapped". The Guardian. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Foster's - The Fast Show". Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Smurthwaite, Nick (January 17, 2006). "Weir Not Alone". SecEd. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ The Independent, 22 January 1998
  6. ^ Weir, Arabella (April 6, 2008). "It's ok to think Doctor Who is gay, says David Tennant". The Times (London). Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (February 14, 2010). "Parties in pre-election battle to sign up stars". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 

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